Not Really Kashmiri

Hey folks, welcome to november! I know that national curry week was last month but I just so happened to come into a whole load of bananas and coconut, recently. Inspiring me to look into one of my mother’s favourite curries: The kashmiri.

A sweet, creamy, fruit-based curry from exactly the region that its name implies.

So it was a simple prospect: Research a real kashmiri, put my own little twist on it and, if all went smoothly, write up my results for all of you. Easy content, right? Well, not exactly

As it turns out, an authentic kashmiri curry is based around mangoes and lychees, not bananas. Still fruity, yet very different from what I had in mind.

So, while today’s dish does take a little inspiration from it, in its spices, it also draws upon the malayan and a whole host of more keralan meals, in order to form a truly delightful, caramelised fruit curry with neither an official name, nor any specific region to call its own.

A pan-indian fusion, if you will, which gets its mild heat from a blend of rich and raisin-like, mexican chillies, in order to best complement the banana without adding any extra sweetness. Because, if I’m going off-script already, I might as well go the whole hog.

There’s nothing traditional about today’s recipe but I’m eager to share it, all the same. It’s too good not to.

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A Ketchup Comparison

Sup dudes, it’s time for that Chillichup that I mentioned. Time that I finally talked about Carrington’s milder, more ketchupy, main product.

But, since I didn’t much care for their harissa, I’m going to throw another, far hotter, ketchup into the mix, as well, from a company that I’ve previously enjoyed without fail. Hot Face Sauces’ Killer Ketchup, adorned with the seasonally appropriate mask of horror movie classic, Jason Vorhees:

That way I can be sure that at least one of today’s items will be worth recommending.

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The Chocolate Curry Combo

Hey folks, today’s going to be a bit of a weird one.

You see, I’m celebrating international chocolate day, for the very last time, but it’s also the end of national curry week. The same bizarre blend of food holidays that we saw in twenty eighteen but, this time around, it falls on a tuesday.

So, instead of a recipe, I’m bringing you a thematic review. Or two, since I have nothing on hand to match both celebrations and haven’t had since Monteƶuma’s satay bar.

That said, though, I still think I’ve got some pretty exciting products to share with you today:

Fire Foods’ Tandoori Butter and The Chilli Alchemist’s Dark Matter chocolate.

One’s a blend of indian spices with a peanut butter base and the other’s a seventy percent dark chocolate with mint and popping candy, in tribute to the Alchemist’s Melliculus range. The first thing to come from the brand since Russell, of Grim Reaper Foods, took over.

Though it’s taken me a little while to get to it, because I wanted to hold off on writing about this one until its second batch.

I’ll explain why that is and why I won’t be celebrating international chocolate day again in my main post but first, I want to quickly mention the one thing that links today’s two products: Their use of ghost pepper.

Probably not a tonne of it, judging by everything else that I’ve had from Fire Foods and the Grim Reaper. Just enough to provide a pleasant, medium warmth and maybe some of that delicious, full-bodied, red chilli flavour.

Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

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Cauliflower Curry Bites

Happy national curry week, everyone! It’s back around again and, oncemore, I really wanted to put together a topical recipe for the occasion.

But I also wanted it to be a bit different to my other curry recipes and, after a little deliberation, I figured that it’d be fun to try out something from one of my favourite producers – Daddy Cool’s.

Now, this little dish of his isn’t the main event. It’s not strictly a curry but it’s a pleasant side, made using his gorgeous Okra and Garlic Pickle, to carry its delicious flavour through these light potato and cauliflower bites:

A particularly delightful addition to your curry platter, if not a delightful recipe to follow.

Hopefully I can fix its issues for you.

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Piratical Pineapple

Arrr, me hearties, it be talk like a pirate day again* an’ the sun be o’er the yard arm somewhere.

Which spells good winds fer this ‘ere recipe, as we’ll be hittin’ the grog hard in a mo’.

Yer see, today’s bounty hails from the pirate isles an’ were plucked from me hold fer her thematic relevance. She be laden t’ the brim wi’ enough rum an’ pineapple to satiate any sea dog or marooned scallywag!

Aye, they be the mainsails o’ today’s vessel. O’ our golden, spice-glazed cure fer scurvy.

She be a real blossomin’ beauty, this un!

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From Pirate, With Love

Greetings, spice lovers, today is talk like a pirate day again* and I’m sure it’s late enough to drink somewhere in the world.

Which is good news for this particular recipe, since we’ll be using a fair bit of booze.

You see, today’s treat comes from the caribbean and was chosen specially for its connection to today’s theme. Since it features both rum and pineapples – Favourites of pirates and castaways, alike.

Indeed, those are the main ingredients of today’s golden, spice-glazed fruit.

And it’s a face-reddening delight!

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Sweet & Savoury Sriracha Nuts

Hey folks, happy sunday! Today, I’d like to share with you all a new recipe from my buddy, PixelTea. But, unlike his last, it is in no way themed around the Super Smash Bros. Series.

This sweet and savoury, sriracha-candied cashew recipe comes to us courtesy of his community discord server. And, more specifically, his “quarantine cooking” section, meant for sharing simple, lockdown-friendly creations featuring readily available and long life ingredients.

Which is probably why today’s deliciously dark nuts focus so heavily on their fermented, asian flavour.

A flavour which doesn’t let slip their simplicity in the slightest and is simply too good not to pass on to you readers.

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September Smoke

Sup dudes.

Now that it’s september, summer is practically over but I reckon that we can still eek out a just a touch more time from our british barbecue season. Which is great because I just got my hands on two new sweet and sticky sauces from Hot Headz:

But, if I’m wrong and the recent rain is here to stay, they should still pack enough smoke of their own to bring the barbecue indoors, metaphorically speaking.

I love sauces from this genre over ribs, chicken, baked beans and macaroni cheese, to name just a few uses, so they certainly won’t go to waste. Not even out of season.

And, after how much I enjoyed Hot Headz’ medium barbecue blend, I am super excited to see what they do with their mild and extreme versions.

I have very high hopes for today’s review items. Let’s see if they can hold up to them, shall we?

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A New Sensation

How’s it going, everyone? It’s tuesday again and, this week, I want to revisit a concept that I first stumbled upon two months ago: The idea of hot sauce for kids.

Because, as it turns out, Hot Pods’ Mild Beast isn’t the only attempt at such a child-friendly product. Our old friend, Michael, from Price’s Spices, makes something rather similar.

This is his Junior Sensation:

A gentle blend of mango and the oh so mild trinidad perfume pepper.

A pepper that’s commonly used to fill in for the hotter scotch bonnet, which appears to be what it’s doing here, too. Given that the Junior is only a slight tweak on his award winning Haitian Sensation.

A product that’s been part of his line for rather longer.

So, with that being the case, I won’t be trying just one of the pair today. I’ll be giving both a go, starting with the original, to see how they compare. As well as giving my thoughts on each as a stand-alone sauce.

Though I doubt that they’ll be that different in flavour…

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Epaƶoté Verde

So the theme for this week has been green and I’m going to carry that on today as I take you through a strange twist on a tomatillo salsa, adapted slightly from the work of Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook.

It’s a recipe that I employed because it uses a large amount of mexican epaƶoté in its fresh form – Rather than the dried stuff that I’m used to – and I had recently received a bulk amount, on import from holland. Along with some unusual peppers that you’ll be seeing soon.

As it turns out, the fresh herb is quite different from the dry and that difference stands out wonderfully in this verde but the plant does come with its fair share of warnings. Since, while it aids digestion, in small quantities, it can seriously hurt the gut, if overdosed upon.

I’m not going to go into too much detail on that in this post, given that the original recipe writers know more about the herb than I, but I will urge you to read what they have to say about their salsa before making it for yourself. As well as maybe not eating it all alone, since it’s pretty potently epaƶoté.

In fact, you might want to skip out on today’s recipe, altogether, if you have any pre-existing digestive problems. But, if not, it won’t hurt to try it and it’ll provide you with a unique look at mexican cooking.

Despite how traditional it is, this blend of fresh, charred and roasted greenery tastes like nothing else!

EpazoteDone

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